Statement from MEA President Paula Herbart regarding Benton Harbor

EAST LANSING – The following can be attributed to MEA President Paula Herbart regarding the tentative plan to address the academic and financial challenges facing Benton Harbor Area Schools: “From the outset, we have emphasized the need for everyone involved to engage together in vital conversations about what’s needed to provide Benton Harbor students the…

Report finds Michigan public teacher salaries continue to decline amid growing teacher shortage

Michigan Education Association calls for reinvesting in Michigan students, teachers and support staff EAST LANSING – New data from the National Education Association’s annual Rankings and Estimates report found average salary for teachers declined last year, continuing the 12% decline over the last decade when adjusted for inflation. Only Indiana, West Virginia and Wisconsin have…

MEA calls on governor to sign “snow day” bill – and on schools to do right by hourly workers

EAST LANSING – With the Legislature’s passage today of HB 4206 – which will allow schools to forgo making up days from this winter’s record-cold emergency days – the Michigan Education Association is calling on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to quickly sign the legislation.  Doing so will allow school districts to finalize schedules for the end…

MEA applauds passage of Senate Bill 122

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, April 25, 2019 Contact: Doug Pratt, MEA Director of Public Affairs, 517-337-5508   EAST LANSING – The Michigan Education Associationtoday issued the following statement applauding the state House for passing Senate Bill 122, which would delay a drastic increase in the weight student test scores have on teachers’ evaluations, making the…

Labor Voices Opinion: Educators rate evaluation ‘ineffective’

April 17, 2019 By PAULA HERBART/President – Michigan Education Association For some time, Michigan educators have been ringing the alarm bell about our broken evaluation system. It’s time for policymakers to listen. A recent survey of nearly 17,000 educators by Launch Michigan — a coalition of education, labor, business and philanthropic organizations — found only…

MEA calls on Legislature to pass Senate Bill 122, keep broken evaluation system from getting worse

EAST LANSING – The Michigan Education Association today called on lawmakers in the state House to take swift action and pass Senate Bill 122, which would delay a drastic increase in the weight student test scores have on teachers’ evaluations, making the current broken evaluations system worse. “Michigan educators have been demoralized by the current…

MEA President lauds Gov. Whitmer’s new Educator Advisory Council

EAST LANSING – On Thursday, MEA President Paula Herbart praised Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for issuing Executive Order 2019-9 creating the Educator Advisory Council within the Department of Education.  The 15-member council will be composed of a broad cross-section of Michigan educators, including teachers, administrators, counselors, specialists, and support staff. The new Educator Advisory Council will…